Saturday, 27 May 2017

Herbal Help for Mums and Dads - No session this coming Monday

Dear Mums and Dads Herbalistas,

Just to let you know there will be no session this bank holiday Monday 29th Monday.

Have a lovely long weekend.


Friday, 19 May 2017

Herbal Help for Mums and Dads - Session 5 - Sleep - this coming Monday 22nd May

Dear Herbal Parents,

Our next Herbal Help for Mums and Dads is happening next 

Monday 22nd May 
from 11.30am to 12.30pm

at the Roundchapel on Powerscroft Road, Hackney, E5. We will be upstairs again in the usual lovely church room space.

This time the subject is restful sleep. 

We will be making a calming massage oil and look at how acupressure points and massage can aid a restful sleep for your little one and yourself, amongst gentle herbal preparation and lots of other techniques.

Looking forward to see you there.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Herbal Help for Mums and Dads - Session 4 - Digestion - this coming Monday 15th May

Dear Mummy and Daddy Herbalists,

Our next Herbal Help for Mums and Dads is happening next 
Monday 15th May 
from 11.30am to 12.30pm
at the Roundchapel on Powerscroft Road, Hackney, E5. This time we will be in a different room downstairs due to a funeral. The entrance will be via the ramp at the end of the building on Powerscroft Road. Watch out for the signs to guide you.

We will look at a few digestive herbs that help to encourage good digestion and absorption of nutrients, that reduce colic, wind and painful upsets and that can be good for diarrhoea and constipation.

Make your own tasty 'digestive ball' that soothe all kinds of stomach upsets!

Looking forward to see you there.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Herbal Help for Mums and Dads - Session 3 - Skin - this coming Monday 8th May

Dear Parent Herbalists,

Our next Herbal Help for Mums and Dads is happening next 
Monday 8th May 
from 11.30am to 12.30pm
at the Roundchapel on Powerscroft Road, Hackney, E5. (A very lovely and special venue.)

This time we will be looking at Skin and what it reflects.

Explore the importance of internal balance and external influences on your child's skin health and how you can approach problems like eczema and sensitivities.

We will create our own soothing and healing balm.

Brace yourself for another fun and sensory session.

Looking forward to see you there.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Herbal Help for Mums and Dads - Session 2 this Monday 1st May

Dear Herbal Mums and Dads,
Our next Herbal Help for Mums and Dads is happening next Monday 1st May at the Roundchapel on Powerscroft Road, Hackney, at 11.30am to 12.30pm.

This time we will be looking at fever and seasonal allergies management.

We will explore one herb in more depth and create our customised herbal tea blends.

Brace yourself for another fun and sensory session.

Looking forward to see you there.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Thank you

Thank you everyone who came to our first Herbal Help for Mums and Dads session at the Roundchapel Church Rooms today.

It was such a lovely group and great herbal sharing. The cough syrup is delicious, I think the children think so too. 😃

Hoping to see you next week for our next session on fever management and seasonal allergies next Monday 1st May.


Please note:
The warnings of the use of liquorice during pregnancy and lactation refer to prolonged and high dosage consumption during pregnancy, which has been linked to premature delivery and low birth weight. 
In regards to breastfeeding the amount of herbal constituents coming through to the breast milk from taking the cough sirop a tablespoon a day is minimal to zero and also safe for children once they are on solids and have developed a mature digestive system.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Herbal Help for Mums and Dads - Session 1 - Winter Lurgies

Finally it is happening!

This coming Monday 24th April 2017 Rasheeqa and Steph will be holding our first Herbal Help for Mums and Dads session
from 11.30am to 12.30pm.

The subject will be 

The merry-go-round of winter lurgies
Supporting the repiratory and immune systems to be stronger in keeping colds at bay and helping to ease the symptoms when they do come

We will be making a soothing healing cough syrup that children like to take and learn useful strategies to strengthen kid's lungs in our polluted city.

We will be in the old church room. Please use the entrance up the stairs on Powerscroft Road. Then turn right.

Hope to see you there.


Thursday, 30 March 2017

Herbal Help for Mums and Dads

We are back!

After a long maternity break by Steph and an impending one by Sarah (congratulations!), Rasheeqa and Steph are going to run a 6 weeks herbal medicine for the family course after the Easter holidays.

The sessions are drop in and you can bring your baby or child to the sessions (there will be a play area with toys and softly.)

Each week you will learn how to make a herbal medicine with every day ingredients for a specific ailment regarding children's health and parent's wellbeing. You will be making remedies together with other mums and dads and you will take those remedies home with you.
And there will be the chance to ask questions from an experienced herbalist.

When? Mondays 11.30am to 12.30pm (starting Monday 24th April 2017)
Where? The Roundchapel, Lower Clapton Road, London E5 0LY
How much? Drop in £10 or book the full 6 weeks for £48

You can book via our email

Hope to see you lovely mums and dads there. xxxthegonewildherbscollectivexxx

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Support the Dalston Eastern Curve

Dear Everyone,

Please come and support the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden this 
coming Friday 10th March
around lunchtime.....

The garden is under threat as Hackney Council wants to sell off the land to developers.
On Friday the Mayor of Hackney will be visiting the garden and Marie and Brian need as many people using the garden to convince the Mayor that it is widely used by the community.

Come and have lunch and a cuppa or just hang out to support this wonderful space in the heart of Dalston. 

The Gone Wild Herbs Collective

Monday, 23 May 2016

Herbal First Aid Masterclass

 Our Gone Wild Herbs workshop is happening this 

Saturday, 28th May from 12noon-4.30pm 
3 Cazenove Road, Stoke Newington, N16 6PA
(which is in the basement of Food For All health food shop)

It's going to be an adventure in creating your own home herbal first aid kit, with a range of preparations including 'bruise' cream and 'burns and bites' balm, cough syrup and hayfever tea blend. Our focus will be super practical and we will be making lots of stuff together for you to take home.
Learn long-lasting practical medicine-making skills, explore the native plants that make up our natural first aid kits and find out how to remedy ills, accidents and injuries in the home with simple materials. 
It'll be a fun day of skills-and-knowledge-sharing, delving into traditional herbal wisdom and contemporary research into the plants. And of course hands-on making and storytelling!

Come join us if you can - full details are here as well as how to book.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Our first Communal Medicine Making Session of the year

After a sunny spring tonic workshop and lots of cakes (thanks to all the volunteers) at Cordwainers garden with lovely Nat, we are doing our first communal medicine making session of 2016 hosted by Made In Hackney.

We will be going foraging for May herbs at the beautiful Abney Park Cemetery, and then return to the
fantastic kitchen at Made In Hackney headquarters for some tasting and tonic making together.

When? Sunday, 8th May 2016, 12.30pm to 3pm
Where? Made in Hackney (below the Food for All shop), 3 Cazenove Road, N16 6PA

Meet us at the Made in Hackney headquarters at 12.15pm.

Free (donation only) to all, but please book a place with Made In Hackney.

Please note that the foraging is now part of the 12.30 to 3pm session and not beforehand as advertised.

Bring a clean jam jar if you would like to take some medicine home.

Looking forward to see you all and fingers crossed for great weather xx

The Gone Wild Herbs Collective

Friday, 1 April 2016

Springtime herbal activities - commencing with the Cordwainers

We are collaborating with our friends Hackney Herbal this April! To bring you an afternoon of community herbal fun - join us at the Cordwainers Garden in deepest Hackney for urban herb tastings, skillsharing in making seasonal springtime medicine with plants from the garden, and hopefully a bit of tasty nourishing Nettle soup!!
Suggested £5 donation - please email to book a space

Sunday 17th April, 2-5.30pm @ Cordwainers Garden, 182 Mare Street, London E8 3RE

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

The Spring Returns!

Can you feel the little green shoots starting to rise up... come join Hedge Herbs and Gone Wild Herbs for the first herbal outing of the year, with a guided plant walk on Walthamstow Marshes, on Saturday 12th March, 12noon-2pm

We will meet at The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane, E17 7HA - 11.45am.
You need to book a place in advance - call Rasheeqa on 07784 506 494 or email

Come ready for opening your senses to the landscape and its inhabitants, and to hear and share good stories of the healing plants. We'll spend part of the walk focusing on one plant and learning about the Goethean science approach to studying nature, where we use all of our sense perceptions to gather information. Those of you who attended our herb tastings at the Curve Garden last summer will know something of this. We will share knowledge of traditional & current uses of the plants we find, their history & folklore and how to prepare them into remedies.

We are offering a programme of monthly walks through the spring & summer seasons this year - see for more info and dates...

Friday, 26 February 2016

Happy New Year! and News…..

It has been a long winter and we are slowly crawling out of our winter hibernation.

Steph has given birth to her daughter Florence on 4th December, who has been brewing over the summer and we are sure has soaked up all that herbal knowledge from our gatherings at the Curve garden and beyond. She's a real beauty.

Unfortunately I am not wearing my super purple (medicinal) mushroom jump suit here, but I am very happy instead!

We are starting to plan new events and herb walks for spring and summer with Nat from Hackney Herbal at the Cordwainer's Garden, another season with Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, and a community medicine making and masterclass with Made In Hackney in Stoke Newington.

We will let you know dates and times when everything is confirmed. Watch this space!

In the meantime much warmth to you till spring arrives.

The Gone Wild Herbs Collectivexx

Monday, 19 October 2015

Late Autumn Herb Walk

Join us, Sarah, Steph & Rasheeqa, for a seasonal plant walk rambling over Walthamstow Marshes to find out what medicinal and edible goodness lies out there at this time of the year.

We'll search for nourishing roots and blood vitalising berries - immune support for the season. Find out how you can become part of a plant medicine community with us as we go on our mission to make a local community apothecary for us all….

When? Saturday, 14th November, 2pm-4pm
Where? Walthamstow Marshes

Meet us at The Mill on Coppermill Lane at 1.45pm

Cost: £7.50/£5 concessions

To Book: Call Rasheeqa on 07784 506 494

All welcome.

Again looking forward to see you there, the Gone Wild Herbs Collective xx

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Early Autumn Herb Walk

A late summer guided medicinal herb walk over Wanstead flats with Rasheeqa & Steph.

When? This Saturday, 3rd October, 12noon-2pm
Where? Wanstead Flats, London

Meet us outside All You Read Is Love bookshop/cafe at 877 Leytonstone High Road, E11 1HR, at 11.45am.

Cost: £5 per person

To Book: Ring or text Rasheqqa on 07784 506 494 to book your place (and if you need any directions, more info etc).

All welcome.

Looking forward to see you there, the Gone Wild Herbs Collective xx

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Resources on this website

Hi All,

we will slowly be bulking out this website and fill it with resources, info, books and links that we have been sharing over the summer.

So watch this space!

Lovely greetings from the Gone Wild Herbs Collectivexx

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Last Session Harvest Party Celebration….and Tasting of Fire Cider!!!

Thank you all for coming in such a large number and bringing a wonderful sharing mood, a huge Reishi mushroom, unknown herbs (to us) from Portugal and a lovely warm banana cake - yum - and many more foodie goodies.

We tasted Meadowsweet tincture (the vodka gave us a good kick), and dug up the famous Fire Cider!

It was very surprising because the fire cider tasted very different from how it smelled.

A nice warming spicy throat experience, but the smell was - mmmh - hard to describe…..some mentioned gherkin water…..
We were wondering if the smell came largely from the horseradish root that was in there?!?

The Curve garden will leave mounted photographs of our sessions and workshops exhibited in the garden (Herbal Health Bar, large greenhouse, toilets!) up for another couple of weeks, so have a look in case you are around, you might be featured.

We hope you had a such a lovely time as we had, and will be in touch soon about more events we are planning.

Autumn colour greetings from the Gone Wild Herbs Collectivexx


Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Our last Thursday at the Dalston Eastern Curve - Celebration!

Join us for our end of residency celebration at the Dalston Eastern Curve garden this Thursday 17th September from 6.30pm onwards!

We will spread out into the garden and make a harvest party of feasting and sharing what we have made and learnt this summer.

Come and join us to

Strain out and sample the plant medicines we have made together

Dig up the Fire Cider that we buried at the last Sunday workshop

See an exhibition of photos and results of our sessions and herb tastings

And generally celebrate our Gone Wild Herbs project, the beauty of the Curve garden and the turning of the season!

We would love it if you bring along any herbal goodies or wild foraged foods you might have made to add to the feast, and of course any recipes or stories.

We will also share ideas about how we will continue this project in London and welcome your feedback and thoughts on future movements. This is a collectively created project and we want to go on that way. We will let you know how you can keep in touch and join us in future activities.

Elderberry Sirop - yum
Bring yourselves, your friends, and your late summer party vibes!

Looking forward to seeing you Thursday.

With love from the Gone Wild Herbs collective x

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Making the Fire Cider
Burying the Fire Cider